PARKERSBURG - A Pennsylvania film company will soon begin production on a zombie movie throughout Parkersburg.
"Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies" will film at several locations throughout the city, including the former Wood County Jail, Fort Boreman Park, City Park and several restaurants from Jan. 10-21, said director Cody Knotts.
"The film is about big, powerful men and hot babes killing zombies with good, old American violence," he said. "There are no fancy karate moves, just traditional kicking and slamming heads on tables, which is why we call it 'old violence.'"
It will star wrestling icon and actor "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, WWE fighter Matt Hardy, 2009 Penthouse Pet and VH1 reality star Taya Parker, ECW champion Shane Douglas and Howard Stern Woman of the Year Reby Sky.
"Piper is one of the five icons of wrestling and we are extremely blessed to have him and everyone else in the cast," Knotts said. "It will be a great movie with them in it."
Several locals will be in the film, including J. Andrew Clovis of St. Marys and Parkersburg resident Andrew Williams. Local band I Come Alive will be featured.
The production is looking for more locals to be extras and zombies, Knotts said.
To be part of the film, contact Vince Ruffalo at (724) 255-1709.
"We really need people who want to just come, hang out with us and be in our film," Knotts said.
The decision to film in the Mid-Ohio Valley was a quick one, as Parkersburg had not been on the original list of locations, Knotts said.
"We were going to film in Moundsville, but were not hearing back from the city, so we somehow got in contact with Marty Seufer with Wood County and were approved to film in Parkersburg by the Wood County Commission within two days," Knotts said. "It was really great of them to act so quickly; they have made the production process really great here."
Because of the welcome county officials have given Knotts and his crew, 90 percent of the film's production has been moved to the area, he said.
"When you go to a town to film, you end up walking into relationships and Parkersburg has been really great for us, as has West Virginia," Knotts said. "Because of the great treatment we have received here, our goal is to film here again and again."